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Bjorn Dapi



Ph.d., Department of Economics, Universitety of Oslo.

Master in social economics, University of Oslo.

Area of work

Current projects

Social security in periods of high cost of living
In this project, we will examine how selected Norwegian welfare benefits have developed over the last 15 years. Do the benefits keep pace with the economic development, and does the welfare state adapt quickly enough when prices are rising sharply?
Engaging workplaces: A social partners perspective on youth activation
How can workplaces – encompassing employers, employees, and the organisational structures in which they are embedded – be reconfigured to facilitate the successful inclusion of vulnerable youth struggling to enter and retain a position in the labour market?
Phasing in and phasing out: reworking labour in energy transitions in the North Sea (PHASE)

To reach the internationally agreed upon climate targets, we must move away from fossil energy dependencies. This will bring profound changes to our economic, social and political systems, not least in relation labour markets. The project (PHASE) is about the impacts of the green transition on working life and the conditions for economic democratic participation in the new energy systems and beyond. 

Wage levels in industries with extended collective agreements 2022

The project aims to assess the number of individuals who fall below or above the standardized wage rates in industries with extended collective agreements. The data source is Statistics Norway's wage statistics for 2022. The results will be compared to similar estimates for 2019-2021.

Bonus, collective agreement - or both?

The project will investigate the prevalence of bonuses in selected industries within the private sector, with a particular focus on linking the use of bonuses to whether the company is a party to a collective agreement.

Evaluation of new regulations on hiring of temporary agency workers

The Government has proposed new regulations for hiring of temporary agency workers. The aim of this project is to map the effects of the new provisions and assess the consequences of the changes for employees, businesses, the labour market and society at large. The project is carried out in collaboration between Fafo and Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse.

Wage inequality over time in the central government sector

The project aims to analyze wage inequality in the government sector (part of the public sector) and to identify the contributions from (a) differences in firm-specific wage-premia and (b) wage differences among colleagues within a firm.

Labour conditions in hotels, restaurants and bars post corona

Hotels, restaurants and bars were hit hard by the corona pandemic. In this project, we will study the "rebuilding" of this industry, and its possible effects on working conditions. The results may also have more general relevance for the service industries in the private sector.

Competence boost 2025 for the health sector

Fafo, with three other actors, aims to develop statistical background material for the government's plan for recruitment, competence, and professional development in the healthcare sector for the period 2021–2025. We will also evaluate the use of resources to achieve the goals for K 2025.

Evaluation of the new standardized elements in Norwegian introductory programs for refugees
Fafo will, from 2021-2024, evaluate the introduction of new standardized elements in the introductory program for refugees and immigrants.
Nordic labour market models facing pandemic crisis
The project study labour market consequences of the COVID 19 epidemic. What are the impact and adjustments made to the labour market, its institutions, the regulations and measures used?
Development of an experiment with scholarships for skilled workers

One or more models for testing scholarships for skilled workers will be developed. The model(s) should be possible to implement and evaluate effectively, preferably through a randomized controlled trial (RCT).

Re-regulation of the taxi market

Together with Institute of Transport Economics (TØI), Fafo will map out the consequences of the re-regulation of the Norwegian taxi market. The project is initiated by TØI and Fafo, and financed by Yrkestrafikkforbundet (YTF), the Norwegian Taxi Association, LO and TØI.

Completed projects

A just, green transition? Skills in the petroleum industry and needs in green industries

How can the petroleum workers' skills contribute to and be used in a green transition? What actions are needed for a just, green transition?

Wages in industries with general application of collective agreement

The project will investigate the extent of wages below and above the collectively agreed minimum wage rates in industries comprised by the general application of collective agreements. The data used in the project are Statistics Norway's earnings statistics for 2020.

Permanently low-paid workers – scope and characteristics

The project will be based on wage statistics and register data, and examine the extent of and characteristics of permanently low paid workers in Norway. More specifically, the characteristics of the people, their jobs, and where in the labour market they are located will be mapped. Furthermore, an econometric analysis will be made to determine whether the permanently low-wage earners were more likely to lose their jobs when the corona crisis hit Norway in 2020.

Wage development in the government sector

The project will examine wage development among selected occupational groups in the government sector in the period 2004–2019.

Labour immigration from third countries

The Norwegian Directorate for Immigration (UDI) wants an analysis of how arrangements can be made for Norway to attract qualified labor from third countries (countries outside EU/EEA).

Political trends towards 2035

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has asked for an analysis of possible political trends up to 2035, and the consequences for public administration. One challenge in the years to come is how to maintain a sustainable welfare state.

Economic incentives and integration of refugees

In 2019, Fafo and Frisch formulated three proposals for the use of financial incentives in the integration work for refugees and immigrants.